With the objective of breaking the silence surrounding menstruation and challenging the myths and taboos around it, Kadam Badhate Chalo (KBC) celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day in eight locations in India. KBC is a youth-led campaign which builds youth leadership to end violence against women and girls. During the past activities of KBC, the youth (including boys) have expressed how myths and taboos around menstruation inhibit the mobility of girls and impose various diktats on their bodies, sexuality and freedom. Also, due to a lack of resources and information, women and girls are unaware about safe, healthy and hygienic menstruation practices (which is further reinforced by the silence and the shame surrounding menstruation).
Therefore, to break this silence, the KBC youth celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day by increasing awareness about it in their immediate communities. From Sonipat in Haryana to Siliguri in West Bengal, the youth took charge of these activities to make their communities sensitive about the health and hygiene needs of menstruating women and girls. The activities also highlighted how the myths and the shame (related to menstruation) and lack of safe menstrual practices inhibit women and girls from going to work/school and deprive them from a life of dignity and well-being.